On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, the Ridgway Secondary School is hosting its second Youth Volunteer Fair to connect middle and high school students to nonprofits from around the community. This one-hour event from 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. is a great opportunity for nonprofits to share information about your nonprofit and volunteer needs.
Not only do students make enthusiastic volunteers, engaging them in your nonprofit activities can spread your message further through their families and friends. As this article, 5 Tips for Recruiting Young Volunteers, points out: "No matter what your volunteering program does, there are ways to incorporate young people into it and benefit from their energy, ideas and skills." (Click on the article title to read more.)
What’s better than getting your photo seen and business credited, by thousands of Facebook and Instagram followers? How about getting to say a big hello to 6,000 travel professionals from more than 70 countries? And top that off with a $200 cash prize!
You're invited to enter photos into the 2018 “Welcome to Ridgway – Think Outside” Photo Contest to help promote Ridgway as a destination during National Travel and Tourism Week. The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce will select one photo to send to the Colorado Tourism Office to display on several online channels leading up to the U.S. Travel Association's annual show, in Denver on May 19-23, 2018. The chamber will award the winner with $200 and send the photo to our media contacts in a news release about the winning photographer and business. Plus, selected non-winning entries will get posted on the chamber’s Facebook page and new Instagram and Twitter feeds.
April 9 was the opening for entries into the 5th Artists' Alpine Holiday, with wwards totaling $3,900, a People’s Choice Award, plus purchase awards by Citizens State Bank, Alpine Bank and the Mildred M. Baker Memorial awards.
Nearly 300 artists enter the Artists’ Alpine Holiday each year bringing over 400 works of art, including sculpture and photography. There is also a special category for students. The show is generally attended by close to 2,000 visitors from foreign countries and more than 30 states. Approximately 10% or more of the art is sold during the show’s run each year. Proceeds from percentage of sales, as well as monies received from entry fees, memberships, and cash donations, are used to support ongoing shows, including the awarding of prizes and payment of the show’s judge. All of those involved in the planning and operation of shows are volunteers – including the officers and committee chairpersons.
Elizabeth Mueller, the 2018 Ridgway Chamber Youth Ambassador, is one of the 13 cast members of Just Another High School Play showing at the Sherbino Theater on March 27 and 28, 2018. Mueller, a local 11th-grader, was selected as the 2018 Youth Ambassador by the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce last fall, and her welcome letter appeared on page 2 of the 2018 Official Visitor's Guide.* She will also be sharing photos of the great activities and scenery around Ridgway on the Chamber's Instagram account, to show visitors our community's assets.